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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of scholarship winner announcements.
Ten students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career. The winners have each selected an educator of distinction — an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
The LAPS Foundation is a non-profit organization leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning in our public schools. The Foundation continues to grow its scholarship funds through donations made by community members and alumni of the Los Alamos High School.
Michelle Boerigter chose Colleen Goddard, her sixth-grade teacher at Chamisa Elementary School, as her educator of distinction. Boerigter said, “Through her acts of kindness, I came to realize that teachers were not just there to teach me because it was their job, but because they truly cared about me. I wanted exemplary teachers, like Mrs. Goddard, to be proud of the person I became and to say, I helped her get there, I gave her a strong foundation.” While at LAHS, Boerigter participated and excelled at Key club, volunteered in numerous White Rock Baptist Church ministries and served as a chemistry tutor for her peers.
Boerigter plans to major in biochemistry and theological studies at Hope College, Holland, Mich.
Her parents are Stephen and Kathleen Boerigter.
Erin Burr chose Lorri McInroy, her third grade teacher at Mountain Elementary School, as her educator of distinction. “I fondly remember her ability to make even those dreaded book reports fun and exciting; she shared her positive and encouraging attitude in the classroom. Mrs. McInroy, by her example, taught me that school and life should be enjoyable, filled with both light-heartedness and pure intention,” Burr said. While at LAHS, Burr participated and excelled while performing with Dance Arts Los Alamos, serving as student body vice president on Student Council, and as a Mexico mission trip volunteer.
Burr plans to major in dance and health/exercise science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.
Her parents are Thomas Burr and Lynn Finnegan.
Anna Carroll chose Allen Andraski, her Advanced Placement Human Geography teacher, as her educator of distinction. Carroll said, “In his class, I became fascinated not only by the compelling material, but also Mr. Andraski’s unique and engaging teaching methods. Never before had I seen a teacher act so openly and expressively with his students. Mr. Andraski had a willingness to discuss the unconventional in the classroom and trust his students with the study of serious lessons.”
While at LAHS, Carroll participated and excelled at horseback riding and instructing, Key Club, where she initiated the Souls for Soles effort locally, and anti-tobacco advocacy among her peers.
Carroll plans to major in neuroscience at Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
Her parents are David and Janice Carroll.